Rush Limbaugh Claims He Spawned Glenn Beck

Limbaugh, it seems, is a little put off by Beck's enormous viewer base.

There have been indications that Rush Limbaugh is growing jealous of Glenn Beck’s success. Limbaugh recently suggested to Politico that Beck’s promotion of the 9/12 march was “cheap and disingenuous.” In the second part of her interview with Limbaugh, NBC’s Jamie Gangel asked the hate radio host what he thinks of Glenn Beck. Limbaugh responded somewhat defensively:

GANGEL: Glenn Beck — do you worry about the new guy on the block?

RUSH LIMBAUGH: No. Look, in 1988, I’m the only national conservative voice. Now look at conservative media. Look what I have spawned. Glenn Beck to me is right on daddy-o. Glenn Beck is a result of my success.

Limbaugh’s attempt to take proud procreative ownership of Beck sickened MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch this morning. “What a megalomanic,” Deutsch said of Rush. “What a scary, distasteful human being he is.” Emphasizing that Beck and Limbaugh are in the business of “selling hate,” Deutsch observed, “Think about what I’ve spawned? Think about someone who even says that. Ick. Ick. Ick.” Watch it:

Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor of and The Progress Report.
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